Allagash Lake is perhaps the most beautiful portion of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. And it is a popular destination for early season fishing.
But fisherman who want to troll this head-water lake for ice-out trout will need to leave their trolling motors at home. Waterway regulations prohibit all motors here.
The answer on a recent trip was to bring along the rowing rig and the Shaw &Tenney oars for the Old Town canoe. I have written here before about how oars act as Four Wheel Drive for Your Canoe.
Allagash is a huge lake, and windy conditions would have grounded most of the fishing forays last week. But the added stability of the rowing rig saved the day.
With the oars it was easy to maintain course and pay attention to the fishing lines trailing behind the boat. The fishing was — as advertised — phenomenal.
It’s easy to outfit your own canoe for rowing. Here are some sources for rowing components:
PRODUCT SOURCES FOR CANOE ROWING CONVERSIONS
Shaw & Tenney — shawandtenney.com/
Makers of handcrafted wooden oars and paddles, as well as marine hardware, pack baskets, canoe parts and accessories. Best wooden oars in the business and the only company I know that markets a wooden canoe rowing seat. Also this website offers a diagram depicting the correct dimensions for setting up a rowing rig, proper oar length, etc. The company owner, Steve Holt, rows his own wooden canoes and is a wealth of information and advice.
|20 Water St Orono, ME 04473
Essex Industries — essexindustries.org/
Essex Industries is one of the largest manufacturers of quality ash and cane canoeseats and accessories. Manufacturer of the Adjustable Rowing Rig, pictured above, which allows canoeists to use an adjustable, removable outrigger device to extend their beam to make rowing more comfortable and practical.
Mineville, NY 12956 518-942-6671
Old Town Canoes and Kayaks — oldtowncanoe.com/
Great source for inexpensive canoe rowing conversions. Bolt-on oar sockets and oarlocks, snap-in center canoe seats, aluminum oars by Carlisle are all available. Some of these items are also carried by L.L.Bean.
NRS – Rafting Supplies and Boating Equipment — nrsweb.com/
Rafting gear, boating equipment and river supplies — much of which can be converted to use by canoeists. Don’t be put off by the focus on rafting and kayaking. This company is a great source for mid-priced oars, and a wide range of rowing accessories — pins, clips, sockets, oar sleeves, oar stoppers etc.
Hamilton Marine — hamiltonmarine.com/
Hamilton Marine; traditional marine hardware and supplies. This mostly saltwater business has an excellent selection of rowing hardware and workaday wooden, fiberglass and aluminum oars.